The Djurgarden Island, east of the city, is rich of parks and museums.
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The City Hall is one of the most famous silhouettes in Stockholm. Stockholm City Hall is one of the country’s leading examples of national romanticism in architecture. The City Hall was designed by the architect Ragnar Östberg, and opened on Midsummer Eve in 1923. The City Hall is built from eight million bricks, and the 106 meter tall tower has the three crowns, which is the Swedish national coat of arms.
Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the foremost attractions in Stockholm. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are like a living pedestrian-friendly museum full of sights. Here we can find Sweden’s national Cathedral Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum.
The Royal Palace is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden with over 600 rooms. The Palace was largely built during the eighteenth century in the Italian Baroque style, on the spot where the “Tre Kronor” castle burned down in 1697. Visit the reception rooms with splendid interiors from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Rikssalen (the Hall of State) with Queen Kristina’s silver throne, and Ordenssalarna (Halls of the Orders of Chivalry).
The museum's large collections and temporary exhibitions present contemporary art side by side with the modern classics. Moderna Museet is located on Skeppsholmen island, a setting of natural beauty. The building was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and offers a first-class program of temporary exhibitions, a children's workshop, a store and a restaurant with a beautiful view of Djurgården and Strandvägen. www.modernamuseet.se
The Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year. There are ten different exhibitions around the ship, the Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, to tell about life on board the ship. The film about the Vasa is shown in 13 different languages. www.vasamuseet.se
Fotografiska is one of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography. Fotografiska presents four unique large exhibitions and about 20 smaller exhibitions annually. In addition to the large exhibition, Fotografiska also houses a book and souvenir shop, a restaurant and a photo gallery. In the bar on the top floor you will find one of Stockholm’s very best vantage points. www.fotografiska.eu
Skansen consists of the oldest open-air museum in the world and the Stockholm zoo, with a beautiful location on Royal Djurgården and a view over all of Stockholm. Skansen is a favorite both among Stockholmers and visitors passing through, and it’s a perfect family outing. At Skansen you can learn about traditional crafts and traditions. Skansen in the Christmas season is a special event, with a Christmas market and a traditional Swedish julbord (Christmas buffet). www.skansen.se
Seeing Stockholm from the water is an enjoyable must. Fortunately, there are many tours to choose from depending on your interests. Under the Bridges of Stockholm, Royal Canal Tour and the early Good Morning Stockholm Tour concentrate on central Stockholm and take from 50 minutes to 2 hours. www.stromma.se/stockholm
SkyView is the world-class attraction that takes you to the top of the world’s largest spherical building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark. From the apex 130 meters above sea level, you get a fantastic view encompassing all of Stockholm. The two SkyView gondolas depart every 10 minutes, and the entire visit takes about 30 minutes. www.globearenas.se